Letter from the Dean: Dr. Karen Daley

Welcome to the first edition of Nursing News – DU’s quarterly nursing newsletter. In this issue, you’ll find the latest updates from Davenport’s nursing department and get a glimpse into our most recent initiatives.

As I enter my eighth year as dean of the College of Health Professions, I am so proud of all that we’ve accomplished. I look forward to our continued work with Davenport’s clinical and healthcare partners. Through these partnerships, we strive to exceed employer expectations by providing well-prepared nurses throughout Michigan and beyond.

As the summer semester begins, we have many exciting initiatives and results to report:

  1. We’re opening enrollment for a new winter-start cohort at the W.A. Lettinga campus for the winter 2020 semester – 32 freshman and 32 sophomore/concurrent students will be enrolled. Applications are being accepted now via NursingCAS.
  2. This fall, Davenport is introducing courses for a masters-level nurse educator concentration.
  3. We’re continuing to expand concurrent partnerships with community colleges in order to meet the workforce demand for baccalaureate-prepared nurses. These partnerships help students earn a BSN within three years.
  4. DU’s BSN and MSN programs underwent reaffirmations of accreditation; both were found to be in good standing with 100% compliance.
  5. The NCLEX pass rate for Davenport graduates continue to exceed the national pass rates for the BSN-PL (94%) and the MSN-FNP (90%). 

In the first edition of Davenport’s Nursing News newsletter, you’ll learn about some of our most recent initiatives. Check out these stories to read more about the results.

Davenport University’s nursing department is driven by a commitment to excellence in the nursing practice. That’s why we continuously work to provide students with an excellent education, delivered by talented faculty to meet the highest standards of nursing in the real world.

Thank you to all of our partners for helping us give students a chance to gain hands-on experience. If you have any stories of your own, please reach out to us to share them.

From Davenport’s nursing department – have a great summer, all!


Dr. Karen Daley
Dean of the College of Health Professions
Davenport University

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